Tanzania: Government Blocks Two Million Fake Phones From Market

Telecoms

The government has blocked 1.82 million counterfeit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers since the exercise began last month, with the control against the use of fake devices in the country sustained on a daily basis.

Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan told delegates to the fourth Annual Mobile360 Africa in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the fake phones were blocked through GSMA, which tracks bogus IMEI numbers and send them to Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

TCRA, the telecommunication industry regulator, prohibits the devices from entering the local market. Ms Suluhu, in a speech that Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Makame Mbarawa read on her behalf, said the government via TCRA remains firm against the use of counterfeit phones in the local markets by blocking their IMEI numbers.

TCRA has contracted GSMA to track and submit weekly updates of lists of IMEI numbers for smooth operation of the Central Equipment Identification Registrar (CEIR) launched late last year.

"These updates from GSMA to TCRA's data base has enabled the government to block over 1.8 million counterfeit IMEIs. TCRA continues using CEIR to monitor counterfeit IMEIs to ensure they don't enter the local market," she explained.
Source: Daily News